|The DuPage Heritage Gallery is a unique facility located in an unusual setting provided by a three story atrium in the DuPage County Center, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois. Magnificent photo panels, memorabilia cases, and touch sound buttons bring the story of DuPage County 'GREATS' to life. . .the legendary Red Grange, gridiron great; Judge Elbert Gary, who organized United States Steel; John 'Bet-A-Million' Gates, founder of Texaco Oil Company; Col. Robert McCormick, colorful publisher of The Chicago Tribune and Rev. Billy Graham, internationally known evangelist.|
In his dedicating address, October, 1980, Governor James Thompson said: "We need to have heroes as individuals, as residents of a community, as citizens of our Republic and members of the human race. We need to have heroes. . . as pioneers to get us going in an endeavor like Gary and Gates, heroes as spiritual leaders and teachers as Graham, and heroes as exemplars of those rare men and women whose spirit transcends any category, Red Grange."
So that the young people may know and be inspired by the accomplishments of DuPage pioneers, a dedicated group of volunteers are building a permanent gallery and developing creative ways to tell the story.
The DuPage Heritage Gallery is open from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and admission is free. The major
exhibits have both written and spoken descriptions and are available at
the touch of a button. There is food service close to the exhibit.